Stabat Mater Menevia

Stabat Mater Menevia
We praise you O Lord and we bless you, for by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world

Friday, 28 December 2018

Holy Mass on New Years Eve at 5 p.m. Sacred Heart Morriston

Holy Mass will be offered on Monday 31st December at 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Morriston.

Many thanks to Canon Jason Jones for offering the Mass.

The Mass will be of the Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas and will be offered for the repose of the soul of Corey.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Holy Mass of First Sunday of Advent - 2nd December 2018

A Missa Cantata  will take place on Sunday 2nd December, 4pm at Sacred Heart , Morriston for the First Sunday of Advent, by kind permission of Canon Jason Jones.

There will also be the opportunity for confessions before Holy Mass.

Refreshments will be served in the parish centre after the Mass.

The Music for the Mass will consist of the following.

  • Plainchant propers
  • Congregational Hymn - Creator Alme Siderum
  • Mass XVII for the Season of Advent
  • Choir - Flos De Radice Jesse

Season of Advent -  A Reflection

For the propers of the Mass, please see the tab designated to this information or follow the link here

Ad Te Levavi -  Introit of the First Sunday in Advent

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Holy Mass Sunday 4th November at 4 p.m.

A reminder that Holy Mass will be celebrated this Sunday at Sacred Heart, Morriston at 4 p.m.

This period is the intervening Sundays between the feast of Christ the King and Advent,  for which the readings and propers of the Sundays after the Epiphany are used,

This Sunday will be the IV Sunday remaining after the Epiphany.

The propers of the Mass can be found here

There will be tea and coffee after Holy Mass

Sunday, 28 October 2018

All Saints Day - Thursday 1st November 12 p.m.

Solemnity of All Saints - Thursday 1st November 2018

Holy Mass for All Saints will take place on Thursday 1st November at Sacred Heart Church, Morriston, 12 p.m.

Propers for the feast of All Saints Day can be found here


All Saints' Day, also known as All HallowsDay of All the Saints,[3]Solemnity of All Saints,[4] or Feast of All Saints[5] is a solemnitycelebrated on 1 November by the Roman Catholic Church and various Protestant denominations, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. The liturgical celebration begins at Vespers on the evening of 31 October and ends at the close of 1 November. It is thus the day before All Souls' Day.

In Catholic theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. In the Catholic Church and many Anglican churches, the next day specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached Heaven. Christians who celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day do so in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (the "Church triumphant"), and the living (the "Church militant"). Other Christian traditions define, remember and respond to the saints in different ways; for example, in the Methodist Church, the word "saints" refers to all Christians and therefore, on All Saints' Day, the Church Universal, as well as the deceased members of a local congregation, are honored and remembered.[10]

Propers for the feast of All Saints Day can be found here

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Corey - Final Arrangements for Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October

Dear Friends,

On Thursday at 7.30 p.m. Corey's body will be received into church at Sacred Heart, Morriston .

A Low Mass will be celebrated.

The family will meet the funeral director outside the church at 7.25 p.m.

On Friday 26th,  we are anticipating a large congregation at both the University in Carmarthen and Parc Gwyn in Narberth.

For those who have not yet done so,  if you could let me know names for the coach from the University to Parc Gwyn and back.

Car Parking on campus will be limited and available on a  first come first served basis.

However,  the Carmarthen Park and Ride has been made available to us which is situated near the Show Ground

Nant-y-ci Car Park, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA33 5DR

The bus departs from the park and ride on the hour and at half past each hour.  A timetable is attached.  And will run until 7 p.m.  The bus will stop at the University Campus.

If possible, we recommend the use of the park and ride on the day.

we would like as many as possible from our church and Start Mater community to be with us in the main auditorium.  Due to the numbers,  if you are able to be with us as early as possible, this should ensure you will be able to be in the main chapel.

A video link is provided in the ante-rooms as an alternative.

If you require anything further,  please do contact either elaine or myself

With Very Best Wises

The Sharpling Family

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Funeral Arrangements for Corey

Dear Friends,

Elaine and I are now in the position to be able to advise about the funeral arrangements for Corey.

Corey's body will be received into the church at Sacred Heart Morriston at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 25th October, at which point a Low Mass will be celebrated

On 26th October, the solemn Requiem Mass for Corey will take place at 11 a.m. at the University Chapel,  University of Wales Trinity St. David campus,  Carmarthen, SA31 3EP followed by the committal service at Narberth Parc Gwyn SA68 8UD at 1.45 p.m.

A coach will be available to transport people to Narberth and back to Carmarthen if required.  If you require this service, would you be so kind as to email me on the following address

so we have an idea of numbers

Following the committal, we will return to the University Campus where  refreshments will be available at the Halliwell Theatre,  Carmarthen Campus, adjacent to the chapel.

We have asked for family flowers only,  but we would be delighted to receive donations for the following local charities which have been so much part of our and Corey's lives over the last years.

The Army Cadet Force
Mencap Ceredigion

Our funeral director Colin Phillips will be able to receive donations on the day or by post at the following address

Colin Phillips and Daughters
Funeral Directors
4 Morgan Street
S43 1DF

We thank you for your continued support and prayers at this time, and assure you of our heartfelt thanks.

Tom and Elaine

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Corey Sharpling RIP (1997 - 2018)

Dear Friends,

With great sadness I have to bring the news that our dear son Corey has lost his life in a tragic accident in Carmarthen yesterday.

The exact circumstances are not fully clear but it appears a landslide onto the main road occurred.

We would like to thank you for your prayers and support at this time,

As and when the funeral arrangements become known,  I will post again on the site ,

Requiescat in Pace

Tom,  Elaine,  Sheila,  Louise and Peter

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

External Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary - Sunday 7th October at 4 p.m.

Holy Mass will take place  Mass - Saturday 7th October at Sacred Heart R.C Church, Morriston.

the Holy Rosary will be said 15 minutes before Mass begins.

There will be the opportunity for confession and refreshments will be served in the Sacred Heart Centre after Mass

Please click here for the propers of the Mass.

On October 7, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast day takes place in honor of a 16th century naval victory which secured Europe against Turkish invasion. Pope St. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on the day of the battle through a campaign to pray the Rosary throughout Europe.

The feast always occurs one week after the similar Byzantine celebration of the Protection of the Mother of God, which most Eastern Orthodox Christians and Eastern Catholics celebrate on October 1 in memory of a 10th-century military victory which protected Constantinople against invasion after a reported Marian apparition.
Pope Leo XIII was particularly devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary, producing 11 encyclicals on the subject of this feast and its importance in the course of his long pontificate. 
In the first of them, 1883's “Supremi Apostolatus Officio,” he echoed the words of the oldest known Marian prayer (known in the Latin tradition as the “Sub Tuum Praesidium”), when he wrote, “It has always been the habit of Catholics in danger and in troublous times to fly for refuge to Mary.” 
“This devotion, so great and so confident, to the august Queen of Heaven,” Pope Leo continued, “has never shone forth with such brilliancy as when the militant Church of God has seemed to be endangered by the violence of heresy … or by an intolerable moral corruption, or by the attacks of powerful enemies.” Foremost among such “attacks” was the battle of Lepanto, a perilous and decisive moment in European and world history. 
Troops of the Turkish Ottoman Empire had invaded and occupied the Byzantine empire by 1453, bringing a large portion of the increasingly divided Christian world under a version of Islamic law. For the next hundred years, the Turks expanded their empire westward on land, and asserted their naval power in the Mediterranean. In 1565 they attacked Malta, envisioning an eventual invasion of Rome. Though repelled at Malta, the Turks captured Cyprus in the fall of 1570.
The next year, three Catholic powers on the continent – Genoa, Spain, and the Papal States - formed an alliance called the Holy League, to defend their Christian civilization against Turkish invasion. Its fleets sailed to confront the Turks near the west coast of Greece on October 7, 1571. 
Crew members on more than 200 ships prayed the Rosary in preparation for the battle - as did Christians throughout Europe, encouraged by the Pope to gather in their churches to invoke the Virgin Mary against the daunting Turkish forces.
Some accounts say that Pope Pius V was granted a miraculous vision of the Holy League's stunning victory. Without a doubt, the Pope understood the significance of the day's events, when he was eventually informed that all but 13 of the nearly 300 Turkish ships had been captured or sunk. He was moved to institute the feast now celebrated universally as Our Lady of the Rosary.
“Turkish victory at Lepanto would have been a catastrophe of the first magnitude for Christendom,” wrote military historian John F. Guilmartin, Jr., “and Europe would have followed a historical trajectory strikingly different from that which obtained.”

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Sunday 2nd September - XV Sunday After Pentecost

A reminder that Holy Mass will take place at Sacred Heart R.C Church,  Morriston, Swansea at 4 p.m. on Sunday 2nd September

Confessions will be available before Mass and there will be tea and coffee served afterwards in the Sacred Heart Centre.


"And He said: Young man, I say to thee, Arise. And he that was dead, sat up, and began to speak".

Propers for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost can be found here

Let us fervently pray this prayer of reparation as often as possible at this time.

Prayer of Reparation

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Holy Mass regular times - reminder

A reminder that unless advertised otherwise,  Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form will take place regularly as follows

1st Sunday of the Month -  Sacred Heart ,  Morriston,  Swansea,    4 p.m.

2nd Sunday of the Mont - St. Therese , Sandfields, Port Talbot   6 p.m.

I understand that there will be no Holy Mass at Port Talbot in August due to holidays,  therefore if travelling any distance,  please check with the parish on the contact details given on this site for detailed information.

Before travelling any distance to the Holy Mass,  please check this site for any unforeseen changes in Mass Time , alterations,  or cancellations.   These will be published on the site at least one day before the Mass takes place.

For any further information,  please contact Tom or Elaine at

For those travelling to other parts of the country over the Summer Period,  it is well worth looking at the Latin Mass Society Website,  where up to date  Mass times for other dioceses will be posted.

Their site can be found here

And for those who are on holiday,  we wish you a good break and look forward to seeing you again soon.

With Best Wishes

Tom and Elaine

11th Sunday After Pentecost - August 5th Holy Mass

Holy Mass will take place in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday August 5th at 4 p.m. at Sacred Hearr R.C Church , Morriston.

A reminder of the new Mass time,  4 p.m. which allows for a preceding Mass in the parish to complete.

There will be refreshments served in the Sacred Heart Centre after Holy Mass,

The propers of the Mass can be found by clicking here 

An interesting series of recorded sermons for the Time After Pentecost in the Traditional Mass can be found here.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Holy Mass on 1st July - The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Holy Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart, Morriston, Swansea, on Sunday 1st July at 4 p.m.

A reminder of the new monthly Mass time, 4 p.m. ongoing.

The Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of the late Professor Robin Whatley, who actively supported the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary form in the diocese when it was re-introduced in 2007.

There will be the opportunity for refreshments after the Mass in the Sacred Heart Centre,  and we thank Canon Jason Jones for kindly offering the Mass.

Click here for a meditation on the Feast of the Most Precious Blood. This feast no longer exists in the new Calendar of Pope Paul VI.  it is celebrated in the Traditional Calendar

The propers of the Holy Mass on this day can be found and downloaded/printed from here

Monday, 28 May 2018

The Feast of Corpus Christi - Sunday June 3rd, Sacred Heart Morriston - New Mass Time

 The external solemnity of Corpus Christi will be celebrated in the extraordinary form at Sacred Heart R.C Church,  Morriston, Swansea , at the revised time of 4 p.m. 

This new time enables an additional Mass being celebrated each week in the parish for the Polish communities in Swansea.

On Maundy Thursday, the day on which the Church commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist, it is impossible to honor the Blessed Sacrament with appropriate solemn and joyful rites. Such a festival is precluded by the sad and sorrowful memories of the day — the betrayal of Judas, Christ's agony and arrest, Peter's denial — and by the fact that other prescribed ceremonies are already occupying the time of clergy and faithful on Holy Thursday.

It was a humble nun in Belgium, Saint Juliana (1258), Prioress of Mont Cornillon, who first suggested and advocated a special feast in honor of the Blessed Sacrament to be celebrated on a day other than Maundy Thursday. 

From her sixteenth year she had often in her prayers beheld a strange sight: it was as if the full moon appeared to her in brilliant light, while a part of its disc remained black and lightless. Finally, in a vision, Christ showed her the meaning of this picture. The moon represented the ecclesiastical year; the black spot indicated the lack of a festival in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. She was to announce to the authorities of the Church that God wished such a feast to be established.

Many thanks to Canon Jason Jones for celebrating the Holy Mass for us.

There will be the opportunity for confessions before the Mass and immediately following the Mass,  we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in recognition of the Feast.

Tea and coffee will be available in the Sacred Heart Centre after Holy Mass.

For an interesting link about the Feast of Corpus Christi, please click on the following link

Feast of Corpus Christi

For the propers of the Feast, please see the below link

Propers for Corpus Christ

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Fifth Sunday After Easter - 6th May 2018 - Sacred Heart Morriston

Fifth Sunday After Easter 2018

Thou speakest plainly and speakest no proverb.  Now we know that Thou knowest all things and Thou needest not that any man should ask Thee: by this we believe that Thou camest forth from God.

Holy Mass will be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form this Sunday,  6th May at Sacred Heart Church, Morriston , Swansea at 3 p.m.

There will be the opportunity for confessions and tea and coffee will be available after the Mass.

An additional reminder that Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form also takes place at St. Therese , Sandfields, Port Talbot on the Second Sunday of each month apart from August, at 6 p.m.

For further details of that Mass,  please contact the parish using the location details shown on this website.

From June onwards,  there will be a new Mass time for our regular Monthly Mass in the Extraordinary form at Sacred Heart , which will be 3.30 p.m. on the First Sunday.

This is to accommodate an additional Sunday Mass within the parish for the Polish community.

You can see the propers of the Holy Mass for 5th Sunday after Easter at this link

5th Sunday after Easter

A useful  link about Paschaltide is shown here.    Paschaltide Link

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Easter Sunday 2018 - 3 p.m. Sacred Heart Morriston, Swansea

Holy Mass for Easter Sunday
Missa Cantata
Sacred Heart Church, Morriston at 3pm

We will have the following music at the Mass

Vidi Aquam
Propers of the Day,   Rossini and Plainchant
Common of the Mass,   Mass I   for Paschal Time
Surrexit Christus
O Filii et Filiae
Marian Anthem -  Regina Caeli

Many thanks to Fr. Jason Jones foe celebrating this Mass on Easter Sunday,  and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible on Sunday.  Thank you very much for your continued support of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Menevia Diocese

Click Here to view the liturgy of Easter Sunday, including propers and music

Friday, 2 March 2018

Third Sunday of Lent - March 4th 2018

Holy Mass will take place in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday March 4th at 3 p.m.,   Sacred Heart, Morriston.

Please see below for the propers and a discussion about the readings for the Mass.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the Dying

Good Evening,

Father Jason Jones has asked if we would be able to post the following on the site .

Within my own family, I have experienced the importance and power of this prayer.  If anybody would like to support the Sacred Heart Parish,  SOS Chaplet for the Dying,  please contact either Father Jason Jones or Father Andrzej Kuklinski at the parish.

Best Wishes

Tom Sharpling
Latin Mass Society Representative for the Menevia Diocese.

Parish SOS Chaplet for the  Dying

Introduction                                                                                                                                                                                                                  During the Year of Mercy we began the SOS Chaplet for the dying. In our parish we have the main Hospital for Swansea and west wales, with 24hr A+E, Intensive care, coronary care and the Burns unit.  IN 2016  99 Catholics   and in 2017, 76  Catholics , many of whom were lapsed received the last rites. Supported by members of the parish SOS Chaplet. if you would like to be part of this initiative and pray for the dying or if you wish to submit a name of a dying friend to be accompanied by prayer in their last hours then please give your mobile number to Fr Andrzej who will add it to the SOS group list. 
Our Lord’s words to St. Faustina regarding the chaplet for the sick and dying:
“My daughter, help Me to save a certain dying sinner. Say the chaplet that I have taught you for him.”(Diary 1565).                                                   “When I began to say the chaplet, I saw the man dying in the midst of terrible torment and struggle. His Guardian Angel was defending him, but he was, as it were, powerless against the enormity of the soul's misery. A multitude of devils was waiting for the soul. But while I was saying the chaplet, I saw Jesus just as He is depicted in the image. The rays which issued from Jesus' Heart enveloped the sick man, and the powers of darkness fled in panic. The sick man peacefully breathed his last. When I came to myself, I understood how very important the chaplet was for the dying. It appeases the anger of God.”" (Diary 1565).

Our Lord’s Promise regarding the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the dying
Encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given you (1541) . . . “Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death” (Diary 687) . . . “When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just judge, but as the merciful Savior” (Diary 1541) . . . “Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your entreaties [that is, insistent prayers], obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least. Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer. You know the whole abyss of My mercy, so draw upon it for yourself and especially for poor sinners. Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul” (Diary 1777) . . . “Every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same” (Diary, 811).
Saint Faustina was often given the grace to know when a certain dying person desired or needed prayer; she would be alerted to the moment, by her Guardian Angel or by our Lord Himself. At those times she would pray until she no longer felt the need to pray, or a sense of peace came upon her, or she learned that the person had died, or heard the soul say, “Thank You!” She wrote: “Oh, dying souls are in such great need of prayer! O Jesus, inspire souls to pray often for the dying” (Diary, 1015).

What if the person prays from a distance?   
Saint Faustina had a love for the sick and dying, and she prayed for them with great fervor. The following experiences recorded in her Diary make it clear that one does not have to be at the bedside physically. She wrote, “It sometimes happens that the dying person is in the second or third building away, yet for the spirit, space does not exist. It sometimes happens that I know about a death occurring several hundred kilometers away. This has happened several times with regard to my family and relatives and also sisters in religion, and even souls whom I have not known during their lifetime"” (Diary, 835).
Please join our SOS Chaplet Apostolate for the Dying. 

Holy Mass Sunday 4th February - Sexagesima Sunday

Holy Mass will be celebrated this Sunday, 4th February , Sexagesima Sunday , at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart R.C Church, Morriston.

All are welcome and we will have refreshments after Holy Mass.

An interesting discussion about the season of Septuagesima can be found below.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Holy Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany Sunday 7th January

A very happy New Year to all of our followers and we hope you have had a peaceful and blessed Christmas time.

Holy Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany will take place on Sunday 7th January at 3pm at Sacred Heart Morriston, Swansea

All are welcome and tea and coffee will be available after the Mass,

"From this day of thy Manifestation, O divine King! begins thy separation from the Synagogue, which refuses thy love; and on this same Day, thou takest, in the person of the Magi, the Gentiles as thy Spouse. Thy union with her will soon be proclaimed from the Cross, when, turning thy face from the ungrateful Jerusalem, thou wilt stretch forth thy hands towards the nations of the Gentiles. O ineffable joy of thy Birth! but O still better joy of thine Epiphany, wherein we, the once disinherited, are permitted to approach to thee, offer thee our gifts, and see thee graciously accept them, O merciful Emmanuel!"

Excerpted from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.

For a discussion about the Feast of the Epiphany,  see the following link :

Feast of the Epiphany